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Customs arrest 2 women from Uganda with 12.9kg heroin

The women, who arrived in Delhi from Nairobi (Kenya) via Abu Dhabi, had concealed the seized narcotic substance in false bottom cavities of their check-in luggage, through which they were able to safely get past security at other airports.
So far this year, over 100 kg of heroin has been seized by customs at the Delhi airport. (Picture for representation only)
So far this year, over 100 kg of heroin has been seized by customs at the Delhi airport. (Picture for representation only)
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 04:19 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Kerala gold smuggling case: Customs to move high court against jail dept

Lodged in a women’s prison in the state capital under Cofeposa (Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act), recently, the customs had issued a directive to the jail that it should be informed about anyone visiting her and a customs official will accompany the visitor.
In December first week, Swapna Suresh had told a court dealing with economic offences in Kochi that her life was in danger and sought special protection in jail and for her family members too.(PTI PHOTO.)
In December first week, Swapna Suresh had told a court dealing with economic offences in Kochi that her life was in danger and sought special protection in jail and for her family members too.(PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Dec 26, 2020 05:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu

Customs bust gold smuggling racket on trains

Officers say rail routes are becoming popular among smugglers as they not only provide them with a safe, surveillance free passage but also allowed them to switch the handlers, carriers and routes, to avoid being tracked
The recovered gold was foreign marked and the stamp mark had been scrubbed off.(Photo: Sourced)
The recovered gold was foreign marked and the stamp mark had been scrubbed off.(Photo: Sourced)
Updated on Nov 24, 2020 09:51 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAnvit Srivastava

BSF officer arrested by CBI in Kolkata in cattle smuggling case

BSF and Customs officers along the Indo-Bangla border in West Bengal allegedly involved in the racket used to get Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 respectively for every head of cattle seized and sold through auctions that were fixed.
The CI has been probing the cattle smuggling racket in West Bengal involving rogue officers of the BSF and Customs since 2018.(Representative Photo/PTI)
The CI has been probing the cattle smuggling racket in West Bengal involving rogue officers of the BSF and Customs since 2018.(Representative Photo/PTI)
Published on Nov 17, 2020 09:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | ByHT Correspondent

Kerala HC stops Customs from arresting IAS officer in gold smuggling case

Sivasankar, who was admitted to a hospital on Friday, moved the HC saying the Customs department was harassing and planning to arrest him despite his cooperation with the ongoing probe. Last week, the HC had restrained the Enforcement Directorate from arresting him till Friday.
In his plea, Sivasankar said he had undergone more than 90 hours of questioning and probe agencies had failed to detect any wrong-doing on his part.(PTI PHOTO.)
In his plea, Sivasankar said he had undergone more than 90 hours of questioning and probe agencies had failed to detect any wrong-doing on his part.(PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Oct 19, 2020 06:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByHT Correspondent

Customs detain LDF leader in Kerala gold smuggling case

Officials said they came to know about Karat Faisal’s role after sustained interrogation of some of those arrested in the gold smuggling case.
Karat Faisal, an LDF municipal body councillor, is suspected to be the kingpin in the case and invested heavily in the racket and played a major role in distributing smuggled gold to jewellers.(Representative image)
Karat Faisal, an LDF municipal body councillor, is suspected to be the kingpin in the case and invested heavily in the racket and played a major role in distributing smuggled gold to jewellers.(Representative image)
Published on Oct 01, 2020 07:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByHT Correspondent

Consider allowing export of pending onion consignments: Bombay HC tells Customs

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Horticulture Produce Exporters Association challenging the abrupt ban imposed by the central government on export of onions
A worker sits with onions at a market in Pune on September 15. The government banned the export of all varieties of onions a day ago.(PTI)
A worker sits with onions at a market in Pune on September 15. The government banned the export of all varieties of onions a day ago.(PTI)
Published on Sep 25, 2020 04:12 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByKanchan Chaudhari

Several BSF, Customs officers under CBI scanner in cattle smuggling case in Bengal

The CBI in its FIR has said that cattle seized by the BSF were auctioned within 24 hours with the help of some Customs officers so that cattle traders could buy these at very low price and legally sell them again.
A BSF patrol along India-Bangladesh border in Siliguri.(PTI)
A BSF patrol along India-Bangladesh border in Siliguri.(PTI)
Published on Sep 24, 2020 10:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | ByTanmay Chatterjee

Kerala gold probe: No exemption certificate issued for baggage from UAE, says protocol officer

Protocol officer B Sunil Kumar’s report said no one from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consulate or anyone else sought exemption certificate from him.
The Customs had asked the protocol officer to furnish details of all diplomatic consignments that had arrived at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport in the past year(File Photo)
The Customs had asked the protocol officer to furnish details of all diplomatic consignments that had arrived at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport in the past year(File Photo)
Published on Aug 18, 2020 08:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu

Customs seek details of diplomatic consignments from Kerala protocol officer as gold probe widens

The state protocol officer issues exemption certificates for diplomatic bags after obtaining details like weight and country of origin.
Customs officials raid a jewellery shop in Kozhikode for alleged involvement in the Kerala gold smuggling case.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Customs officials raid a jewellery shop in Kozhikode for alleged involvement in the Kerala gold smuggling case.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 12, 2020 09:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Timjes, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu| Edited by Sabir Hussain

ED joins Kerala gold smuggling probe, registers money laundering case

The case came to light after the Customs department seized 30 kg gold from a consignment that came in the name of an official of the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram on July 5.
Sandee Nair (left), an accused in Kerala gold smuggling case, being taken by police after a hearing at a special court, in Kochi, on July 13.(PTI Photo)
Sandee Nair (left), an accused in Kerala gold smuggling case, being taken by police after a hearing at a special court, in Kochi, on July 13.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 22, 2020 04:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

Kerala suspends CM’s former secretary as heat rises in gold smuggling case

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the action was taken on the basis of an inquiry conducted by a two-member panel headed by chief secretary Viswas Mehta.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said a probe had fond that there were lapses on the part of hid former principal secretary M Sivasankar and that he had violated service rules.(ANI)
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said a probe had fond that there were lapses on the part of hid former principal secretary M Sivasankar and that he had violated service rules.(ANI)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 09:12 PM IST
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HIndustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu| Edited by Sabir Hussain

Customs question Kerala CM’s former secretary in gold smuggling case

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s former principal secretary M Sivasankar allegedly received many calls from Swapna Suresh, one of the man accused in the gold smuggling case.
A three-member team of Customs officials at the residence of M Sivasankar (former principal secretary to the Chief Minister and IT secretary) to serve him a notice to appear for questioning in connection with the ongoing probe in the gold smuggling case.(ANI)
A three-member team of Customs officials at the residence of M Sivasankar (former principal secretary to the Chief Minister and IT secretary) to serve him a notice to appear for questioning in connection with the ongoing probe in the gold smuggling case.(ANI)
Published on Jul 14, 2020 09:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu| Edited by Sabir Hussain

Will get to the bottom of gold smuggling racket, says junior foreign minister

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan cannot absolve himself in the smuggling case.
Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan said investigations will bring out the truth in teh gold smugglign racket in Kerala.(ANI)
Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan said investigations will bring out the truth in teh gold smugglign racket in Kerala.(ANI)
Updated on Jul 08, 2020 08:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu| Edited by Sabir Hussain

Kerala sacks IT consultant after Customs allege link to gold smuggling racket

Swapna Suresh who was working as the operational manager of the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Limited has gone underground after the seizure of the gold from a chartered flight in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.
The seized gold is said to be worth Rs 15 crore in the market.(Representative Photo/REUTERS)
The seized gold is said to be worth Rs 15 crore in the market.(Representative Photo/REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 06, 2020 09:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu| Edited by Sabir Hussain

Pune Customs seize drugs worth Rs2.10 crore

The Customs officials raided the trucks at 4:30 pm on Naldurg-Solapur road, near Boramani village, Solapur.
Officials of the Pune customs department along with accused and the seized drugs.(HT PHOTO)
Officials of the Pune customs department along with accused and the seized drugs.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 26, 2020 04:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByShalaka Shinde

Covid-19 update: Customs hearings to be held via video conference

According to the guidelines, the new system would also facilitate importers, exporters, passengers, advocates, tax practitioners and authorised representatives to maintain social distancing while performing their work at ease, from a place of their choice.
Persons participating in video conference should also be appropriately dressed and maintain the required decorum, the guidelines said.Photo by Sanjeev kumar/Hindustan Times. (Representative Image)
Persons participating in video conference should also be appropriately dressed and maintain the required decorum, the guidelines said.Photo by Sanjeev kumar/Hindustan Times. (Representative Image)
Updated on Apr 29, 2020 12:49 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Coast Guard ‘rescues’ passengers of plane that pitched into sea as part of mock drill

The annual exercise, which this year focussed on the harmonization of the aeronautical and maritime rescue led the coast guard to devise a simulated situation in which an aircraft was forced to pitch into the sea and the passengers needed to be rescued.
For the exercise, a message was received regarding an aircraft having dived into the water with 220 passengers onboard. The exercise commenced on receipt of a distress message.(HT PHOTO.)
For the exercise, a message was received regarding an aircraft having dived into the water with 220 passengers onboard. The exercise commenced on receipt of a distress message.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Mar 08, 2020 03:02 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Panaji | ByGerard de Souza

Customs’ first canine training centre comes up at Attari

Constructed at a cost of 1 crore, the new centre has the capacity of training 20 canines at a time
Trainers at canine training centre at Attari border in Amritsar(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Trainers at canine training centre at Attari border in Amritsar(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Feb 15, 2020 10:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Amritsar | ByHT Correspondent, Amritsar

Centre proposes to widen scope of Customs Act

The measures are aimed at narrowing the trade deficit with China, which has flooded the Indian market with items such as toys, firecrackers and solar power equipment.
The government also proposes to amend the Customs Tariff Act of 1975 to strengthen the mechanism to prevent dumping of cheap goods in the domestic market.(Bloomberg File Photo)
The government also proposes to amend the Customs Tariff Act of 1975 to strengthen the mechanism to prevent dumping of cheap goods in the domestic market.(Bloomberg File Photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2020 07:08 AM IST
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Mint, New Delhi | ByUtpal Bhaskar and Gireesh Chandra Prasad

Kartarpur corridor: Pilgrims barred from carrying ration for langar

Customs officials say they have been suggesting the pilgrims not to take ration along with them as Pakistani rangers have been ‘raising objections’
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Published on Jan 01, 2020 10:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByAnil Sharma, Amritsar

Chinese migrants found hiding in washing machine, wooden chest at US crossing

At least one person was crammed inside a washing machine and another was curled up inside a wooden chest, according to photos provided Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Eleven Chinese migrants were discovered hiding in furniture and appliances inside a truck.(REUTERS)
Eleven Chinese migrants were discovered hiding in furniture and appliances inside a truck.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 11, 2019 08:44 AM IST
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GST non-filers face cancellation of registration

Amid lower-than-expected GST collection in the past few months of the current fiscal, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has directed zonal offices to go tough on non-filers.
The government is set to crack the whip on GST non-filers with plans afoot to cancel registration of repeat offenders.(AP)
The government is set to crack the whip on GST non-filers with plans afoot to cancel registration of repeat offenders.(AP)
Published on Nov 17, 2019 04:16 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByIndo Asian News Service

Exotic species of snakes and lizards seized at Chennai airport. See pics

Different species of snakes and lizards were being smuggled.
The seized exotic species reptiles will be sent back to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.(HT Photo)
The seized exotic species reptiles will be sent back to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 11, 2019 11:57 AM IST
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Chennai | ByAsian News International

Customs lodges complaint against officer for harassing Uzbek woman

While the woman from Turkmenistan landed at around 1.30am, the Uzbek landed at around 7.30am.
Customs officials who had seen surveillance footage of the incident suspended him on May 4 and initiated a departmental inquiry.(HT image)
Customs officials who had seen surveillance footage of the incident suspended him on May 4 and initiated a departmental inquiry.(HT image)
Updated on Oct 07, 2019 05:50 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAnvit Srivastava

Customs seize gold worth Rs 1 crore at IGIA

According to the officials, it was on Thursday when the two women, aged 39 and 50 years, arrived at the terminal 3 from Bangkok, Thailand and were intercepted following a tip off soon as they crossed the green channel.
Additional commissioner customs, Amandeep Singh said the two women were arrested and the recovered jewelry was seized under relevant provisions of the Customs Act.(HT image)
Additional commissioner customs, Amandeep Singh said the two women were arrested and the recovered jewelry was seized under relevant provisions of the Customs Act.(HT image)
Updated on Sep 15, 2019 02:13 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Three Chinese men with ‘Midas touch’ arrested for smuggling gold

Customs officials sifted through their belongings to make a seizure of gold worth Rs1.42 crore that was allegedly smuggled into the country.
Three Chinese men were arrested from Indira Gandhi International Airport for smuggling gold.
Three Chinese men were arrested from Indira Gandhi International Airport for smuggling gold.
Updated on Jul 29, 2019 08:54 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Centre hands over 532kg heroin haul case to NIA

As per the notification, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, the Centre has described the attempt to smuggle heroin as “narco-terrorism” and thus has handed over the case to the federal investigation agency.
The move comes three days after 29-year-old Amritsar-based trader Gurpinder Singh, named as one of the main accused in the case, died in judicial custody.(PTI)
The move comes three days after 29-year-old Amritsar-based trader Gurpinder Singh, named as one of the main accused in the case, died in judicial custody.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 24, 2019 08:38 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByRavinder Vasudeva

CBI books three customs officials in corruption cases

The three had, during their terms as deputy commissioners, allegedly helped a gang run a duty drawback fraud, causing losses of 6.5 crore to the Government of Indian
The CBI has also booked and named the six members of the gang running the racket.(Ht PHOTO)
The CBI has also booked and named the six members of the gang running the racket.(Ht PHOTO)
Published on Jul 10, 2019 12:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVijay Kumar Yadav, Mumbai

8 key changes in tax provisions announced in Budget 2019

In a key announcement, Nirmala Sitharaman announced that Aadhaar and PAN would be made interchangeable for tax-filing purpose. This means that if you don’t have a PAN, you can file returns using Aadhaar.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden Budget speech on Friday proposed many changes in income tax provisions for this year but kept income tax slab rates unchanged.(ANI Twitter)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden Budget speech on Friday proposed many changes in income tax provisions for this year but kept income tax slab rates unchanged.(ANI Twitter)
Updated on May 28, 2020 09:27 PM IST
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